UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETIC UPDATE (November 19, 2007)
Release: Thursday 11/18/2007 
by UCSD
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This Week’s Events:

Friday, Nov. 23—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Grand Canyon Classic—2:00 PM

Saturday, Nov. 24—Women’s Basketball—UCSD at Grand Canyon Classic---2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov. 24---Men’s Basketball---UCSD at Grand Canyon—7:00 PM

 

TRITONS PLAY TOUGH VS. SDSU; FACE GRAND CANYON SATURDAY
Coach Chris Carlson’s Men’s Basketball team (0-1) gets its first taste of Division II competition Saturday night when it travels to Phoenix, AZ to challenge Grand Canyon...Start time is 7:00 PM.

Carlson got his collegiate head coaching baptism Saturday night at Cox Arena against Division I San Diego State...The Tritons fell, 76-60, but forced the bigger, quicker Aztecs to play the entire 40 minutes to earn their win...Senior Henry Patterson worked inside to chalk up 16 points, a career high nine rebounds and three assists...Sophomore Jordan Lawley added 13 points...The Tritons were still within 10 at the 9:21 mark of the second half but the Aztecs went on a six-point mini-run UCSD never got closer than 13 from that point...SDSU out-scored UCSD, 50-24, inside and was plus-four on the boards...The Aztecs stayed perfect in the nine-game series but this was their narrowest margin of victory since 1969, the first time the two met...On the downside, starting junior forward Darryl Lawlor was sidelined with an injury just four minutes into the contest.

Leading scorer Meaghan Noud and the Triton Women's Basketball team play in the Grand Canyon Classic this weekend

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKS TO STAY PERFECT
Idle for 20 days since knocking off Western Washington in the final round of the Disney Tip-Off Classic, Nov. 4, Coach Charity Elliott’s Women’s Basketball team returns to the court this weekend at the Grand Canyon Classic, in Phoenix, AZ...The Tritons (3-0), ranked 10th nationally, will test Western New Mexico on Friday and Fort Lewis (CO) Saturday.

Three games into the campaign, the Tritons’ top three scorers are seniors Meaghan Noud (13.3 ppg) and Alexis Gaskin (12.2 ppg) and junior Michelle Osier (9.7 ppg)...Osier has a best of 9.0 rebounds per contest and is tied with sophomore Erin Noonan for the assist lead with nine...Elliott signed a pair of freshmen recruits—5-8 point guard Chelsea Carlisle of Oaks Christian H.S. in Westlake Village & 6-1 forward Magdalena Usher out of Irvine’s University High School—to National Letters of Intent last week.

 

 

McGREGOR, DUNN CROSS COUNTRY ALL-AMERICANS; WOMEN TAKE 11TH
Appearing together at the NCAA Division II Championships for the first time since 2003, the Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams both delivered top 20 performances in Joplin, MO last Saturday.

Led by reliable seniors Emily McGregor (31st/21:38.9), Diane Dunn (36th/21:47.3) and Amanda Burkhardt (85th/22:37.4), the Triton women grabbed 11th place in the team competition, up five spots from 2006...The top two collected All-American recognition... McGregor, trailing Dunn early, made a strong move in the second mile, while Dunn, after dropping back, made a charge in the final 200 m. to capture the final All-American position...Junior Ashleigh Montgomery (99th/22:57.6) and freshman Jessie Bodenhamer (104th/23:05.4) rounded out the scoring for UCSD...Freshman Briana Alban (144th) and sophomore Jordana Henderson (155th) also represented the Tritons in the 189-runner field.

Meanwhile, the Triton men were 20th...First-year Coach Nate Garcia’s top finisher was sophomore Jesse Morrill who capped a notable post-season with a 96th place finish, covering the 10K course in 32:52.7...In perhaps his best race of the year, Morrill went out hard early and backed it up late to lead the Tritons...Junior Greg Geldman, also closing out a solid final month with nice numbers, was 102nd in 32:58.5...UCSD’s other three scorers were juniors Jake LeVieux (113th/33:05.9), Kevin Klein (119th/33:17.4) and Gabe LaMothe (130th/33:43.3)...Sophomore Daniel Anderson, the Tritons’ top runner for much of the year, and 2006 CCAA Freshman of the Year Max Mullender were 153rd and 165th respectively.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL STUNNED IN REGIONAL SEMI
What was very much a rollercoaster season for the Women’s Volleyball team ended with a heartbreaking loss to Western Washington in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional Friday night in San Bernardino...The 21st-ranked Tritons concluded their season 20-8.

The crazy results for Coach Tom Black’s club in last week’s two regional contests were symptomatic of its ’07 campaign...In Thursday afternoon’s first round, the third-seeded Tritons had to stave off elimination against an unexpectedly tenacious Northwest Nazarene, 3-2 (23-30, 30-25, 30-25, 26-30, 15-13)...With a 2-1 advantage and momentum on its side, UCSD was up, 17-15, in game four but the Crusaders scored three straight to grab the lead and UCSD was never able to get it back...The Tritons righted things in game five as two Casey Wilson kills gave them an early lead that they never relinquished...NNU was able to knot the score at 10, but junior Rebecca Bailey bombed three consecutive kills to put it out of reach...Bailey piled up a career high 30 kills in the match (.275) to go with an ace and eight digs...Sylvia Schmidt (20), Wilson (16) and Amber Ries (12) also reached double figures in the kill column while senior setter Kim Adams distributed a career best 76 assists...Five players, led by Wilson with 21, had 17 or more digs and Schmidt accounted for three of UCSD’s nine aces...The two teams hit an identical .245.

The semi-final looked like a walkover early as UCSD won games one and two in workmanlike fashion...In game three, the Tritons bounced back from a six-point deficit to trail by one at 20-19 but then the wheels started coming off...The Vikings accounted for 10 of the last 12 points, then went virtually wire-to-wire to win game four, 30-26...It looked like UCSD was going to be able to again summon some game five magic as Black’s spikers built leads of 5-2 and 11-8...This time, it was not to be, however, as Western roared back, scoring four of its last seven points on UCSD hitting errors...Bailey finished with 22 kills, Ries chipped in with 18 and Schmidt added 16 plus seven aces...Facchini had 26 digs leaving her school record career total at 1,628...WWU went on to defeat top-seeded host Cal State San Bernardino in the Regional final and advance to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Prior to the start of the Regional, Bailey and Schmidt were named All-CCAA first team...Seniors Facchini and Ries garnered second team honors...It marked the third consecutive year for Bailey on the all-conference squad and a second award for Facchini...Ries and Schmidt were first time selections.

FIFTH PLACE AT WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN’S POLO
A year that seemed to consistently show glimpses of promise only to come up just short on delivery ended on cue last weekend as the Men’s Water Polo team placed fifth at the Western Water Polo Assn. (WWPA) Championships in Colorado Springs...Coach Denny Harper’s club, ranked 14th going into the tournament, wound up 12-17 overall.

Harper’s squad, the defending champs but heavily laden with underclassmen, was seeded fourth going into the WWPA event...That made UCSD the unfortunate recipient of Air Force as a first round opponent Friday, in the Falcon’s home pool—6,035-ft. above sea level... Things got off to a rough start for the Tritons who trailed, 8-4, at halftime...But UCSD rallied in the second half and Steven Donohoe's six-on-five goal with 47 seconds remaining in regulation made it a 10-10 game...The fates were not with the Tritons on this afternoon though as Air Force returned the favor 25 seconds later to advance to the semi-finals...Junior Chance Vermilyea and sophomore Daniel Garcia scored three goals each and junor Jeff Hunt tallied twice in the losing cause.

Garcia rifled home four goals the next day as the Tritons routed UC Santa Cruz, 19-6, in consolation play...UCSD secured fifth place with a 14-8 pounding of No. 20 Redlands Sunday...Tied, 3-3, after one period, the Tritons exploded for five second quarter goals...Up, 8-4, at the break, the blue and gold pushed its lead to eight before cruising to the final buzzer...Garcia and Hunt were good for three goals apiece with Vermilyea and Donohoe notching two.

Thursday, Garcia was selected to the All-WWPA first team and fellow sophomore Donohoe was named to the second team...Goalie Mark Stemler earned All-Freshman recognition.

NIKE CUP PRODUCES 11 NCAA SWIM QUALIFIERS FOR TRITONS
Coach Scott McGihon’s Swimming teams returned from last week’s three-day Nike (formerly Speedo) Cup in Long Beach with 11 automatic NCAA Division II Championship qualifying slots—seven on the women’s side and four on the men’s...In addition, diver Andrew Skewes earned an NCAA berth at the Redlands Invitational.

At the Nike Cup, juniors Aubrey Panis (200 backstroke/6th/2:05.70) and Kendall Bohn (100 breaststroke/8th/2:20.39 prelims) and freshman Anju Shimura (200 backstroke/3rd/2:03.60 & 50 freestyle/7th/23.98 prelims) swam to “A” cuts in individual events while Karla Holman, Ashtyn Douglas, Errin Deters and Lauren Forbes qualified through relay events...The Triton women posted a seventh place team finish...UCLA claimed first place and five other D-I squads were two through six...The next six teams behind UCSD were also Division I.

For the Triton men, sophomore Daniel Perdew broke his own school record in the 50 freestyle, clocking 20.34 in the prelims...UCSD’s only individual qualifier, he also anchored the second place 400 freestyle relay quartet (3:04.25) which qualified Todd Langland, Brandon Maryatt and J.P. Oliver...The men wound up eighth in the team standings with six of the seven teams in front of them D-I institutions...Skewes received his NCAA nod with a second place finish on the one-meter board...He won the three-meter.

Coach Scott McGihon finished the weekend with 12 automatic NCAA Championship qualifiers.

FENCERS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE
Coach Heidi Ruyan’s Fencing team added to its impressive array of early season performances, crushing three opponents Saturday at UCSD’s Main Gym...The Tritons defeated UC Irvine (men 23-4/women 25-2), Cal State Fullerton (m 22-5/w 23-4) and Cal Tech (m 24-3/w 24-3)...For the men, sophomore Brian Kim (7-0) and freshman Alex Lee (8-0) went undefeated in the sabre and foil respectively while sophomore Sean Blum posted an 8-1 mark in epee...Junior foil specialist Zitin Kachru went 5-0 on the day...The fencers will be off until Jan. 5-6 when they host the annual BladeRunner Tournament at RIMAC Arena.

TRITON NEWS & NOTES
UCSD alumni and former NCAA Division II breaststroke champion Rosanna Delurgio won the 200 breaststroke (2:15.68) at last week’s Nike Cup...Next week, Delurgio will compete at the U.S. Short Course Nationals in Atlanta.

The UCSD Athletic Department’s annual Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Wenesday, Jan. 9 in the RIMAC Arena lobby...For information on donating blood, call (858) 534-4211.

The 15th annual Triton Athletic Associates Golf Tournament will be held Monday, May 5 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe...For information on foursomes or tee sponsorships, call (858) 534-8460.


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Wednesday, October 29
M Tennis at So Cal Intercollegiate Championships
All Day
Los Angeles
Friday, October 31
M Water Polo at UC Davis
6:00 PM
Davis
W Volleyball vs. San Francisco State
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, November 01
M Water Polo at Santa Clara
1:00 PM
Santa Clara
W Volleyball vs. Sonoma State
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, November 02
Fencing at IFCSC Duals
10:00 AM
Pasadena
W Soccer at Cal Poly Pomona (First Round)
11:30 AM
Pomona
M Soccer vs. Cal State Stanislaus (First Round)
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, November 05
W Volleyball at Cal Poly Pomona
7:00 PM
Pomona
Thursday, November 06
M Water Polo vs. Long Beach State
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball at Loyola Marymount (exhibition)
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
Friday, November 07
W Soccer at Semifinals/Final
TBA
Turlock
M Soccer at Semifinals/Final
TBA
Turlock
Swimming & Diving at UC Santa Barbara
12:00 PM
Santa Barbara
W Volleyball vs. Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
2014 NCAA MWP Champs (mid-ad)
Birch Aquarium (mid-ad)